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Feds to Decide Future of Oyster Creek Power Plant

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A decision could come today on the future of the nation's oldest operating nuclear power plant. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: New Jersey's Oyster Creek nuclear power station was built on a tidal marsh north of Atlantic City. On April 10th - the plant's 40th anniversary generating electricity - Oyster Creek's operating license expires.

Today federal regulators could decide whether to re-license the plant for another 20 years. Oyster Creek's owner, the Exelon Corporation, says the facility is in good shape. Environmentalists have raised concerns over corrosion of the metal case surrounding the reactor.

The four-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission must now decide whether that corrosion makes Oyster Creek unsafe to keep operating. Oyster Creek supplies about eight percent of New Jersey's electricity. For WNYC, I'm Ilya Marritz.

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